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St Stephen's Church
St Stephen's Church
Coat of arms of Bar-sur-Seine
Coat of arms
Bar-sur-Seine is located in France
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Country France
Region Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine
Department Aube
Arrondissement Troyes
Canton Bar-sur-Seine
Intercommunality Barséquanais
 • Mayor (2008–2020) Marcel Hurillon
Area1 27.53 km2 (10.63 sq mi)
Population (2010)2 3,233
 • Density 120/km2 (300/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 10034 / 10110
Elevation 147–293 m (482–961 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries. 2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Bar-sur-Seine is a French commune in the Aube department in the Champagne-Ardenne region of north-central France.[1]

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Barrois or Barroises and Barséquanais or Barséquanaises.[2]

The commune has been awarded three flowers by the National Council of Towns and Villages in Bloom in the Competition of cities and villages in Bloom.[3]


Bar-sur-Seine is located some 20 km south-east of Troyes and 25 km north-west of Montliot-et-Courcelles. Access to the commune is by the D671 road from Virey-sous-Bar in the north-west which passes through the town and continues south-east to Celles-sur-Ource. The D443 comes from Magnant in the north-east also passing through the village and continuing south-west to Villemorien. The D63 also goes to Magnant by a slightly longer route. The D4 goes from the town to Ville-sur-Arce in the south-east. The D49 branches from the D443 on the right bank of the Seine and goes north-west to Courtenot. There is also the railway passing through the commune from Saint-Parres-lès-Vaudes in the north-east and continuing to the next station at Polisot in the south-east. Apart from the town there are the hamlets of Avaleur and La Bordé. There are large forests to the north-east and south-west of the town with the rest of the commune farmland.[4] [5]

The Seine river flows through the commune and the town from south-east to north-west and continues north-west to Troyes and beyond. The Ource river flows from the south-east and forms part of the south-eastern border before joining the Seine at the border of the commune. The Arce river joins the Seine on the right bank on the south-eastern border of the commune.[4] [5]


A list of online mapping systems can be displayed by clicking on the coordinates (latitude and longitude) in the top right hand corner of this article.

Neighbouring communes and villages



Bar is a Gallic word and perhaps even pre-Gallic which means "summit" or "height".[6]


The town was devastated in 1359 by the English, when, according to Froissart, no fewer than 900 mansions were burnt. Afterwards it suffered greatly in the religious wars of the 16th century.[7]

Bar-sur-Seine was the chief town of the district in 1790 and then sub-prefecture from 1800 until 1926.

Bar-sur-Seine minted deniers under Charles the Bald.

Under the Ancien Regime Bar-sur-Seine was located in the province of Burgundy.

Bar-sur-Seine appears as Bar fur Seine on the 1750 Cassini Map[8] and the same on the 1790 version.[9]


Arms of Bar-sur-Seine
The official status of the blazon remains to be determined.

Party per pale, at 1 Gules two barbels addors Or; at 2 Azure, a bend Argent potent counter potent.


List of Successive Mayors[10]

From To Name Party Position
1857 Charles François Bourbonne
2001 2008 Jean Weinling
2008 2020 Marcel Hurillon

(Not all data is known)


The commune has seven educational establishments:[11]

  • Public Kindergarten of 14 July
  • Henri Breton private primary school
  • Georges Leclerc public primary school
  • Maurice Robert public primary school
  • Henri Breton College
  • Paul Portier College
  • Lycée professionnel du Val Moré


In 2010 the commune had 3233 inhabitants. The evolution of the number of inhabitants is known from the population censuses conducted in the commune since 1793. From the 21st century, a census of communes with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants is held every five years, unlike larger communes that have a sample survey every year.[Note 1]

Population Change (See database)
1793 1800 1806 1821 1831 1836 1841 1846 1851
2,270 2,339 2,200 2,112 2,269 2,350 2,496 2,745 2,469
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
2,609 2,770 2,920 2,798 2,803 3,092 3,182 3,237 3,157
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
3,121 3,187 3,107 2,710 2,742 2,651 2,571 2,105 2,422
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2010 -
2,559 2,786 3,155 3,572 3,630 3,510 3,476 3,233 -

Sources : Ldh/EHESS/Cassini until 1962, INSEE database from 1968 (population without double counting and municipal population from 2006)

Population of Bar-sur-Seine


Champagne festival in 1922

Most Champagne vines are grown in the Marne department (on Cretaceous land) in the Marne valley (to the west of Château-Thierry) and on a series of lands straddling the Tertiary and Cretaceous (Avize, Vertus, Sézanne etc.)

Champagnes of Aube are very eccentric and very southern compared to other Champagnes and are grown on Jurassic lands which makes them distinctive. This area of Aube Champagnes includes other neighbouring communes such as Les Riceys and Bar-sur-Aube.

Culture and heritage

The Timbered House
The Portal of Châtillon
The Chateau of Villeneuve

Civil heritage

The commune has a number of buildings and sites that are registered as historical monuments:

  • The Boulard Stationery factory (19th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[12]
  • The Charrier Mill (19th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[13]
  • The Bar-sur-Seine Glass and Crystal Works (1881)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[14]
  • A Timbered House at Rue Victor-Hugo (16th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[15]
  • The Domain of Villeneuve at Villeneuve (1874)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[16]
  • The Portal of Châtillon (17th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[17]
  • The Chateau of the Counts of Bar (13th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[18]

Religious heritage

The Chapel of Our Lady of Oak

The commune has two religious buildings and sites that are registered as historical monuments:

  • The Church of Saint-Stephen (16th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[19]
  • The Chapel of Avalleur (12th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[20]

The commune contains a very large number of religious objects that are registered as historical objects. Most of these items are in the Church of Saint Stephen but with many items in other locations. For a complete list of these items together with links to descriptions (in French) and some photos click here.

See also

Notes and references


  1. At the beginning of the 21st century, the methods of identification have been modified by Law No. 2002-276 of 27 February 2002, the so-called "law of local democracy" and in particular Title V "census operations" allows, after a transitional period running from 2004 to 2008, the annual publication of the legal population of the different French administrative districts. For communes with a population greater than 10,000 inhabitants, a sample survey is conducted annually and the entire territory of these communes is taken into account at the end of the period of five years. The first "legal population" after 1999 under this new law came into force in 1 January 2009 and was based on the census of 2006.


  1. Bar-sur-Seine on Lion1906
  2. Inhabitants of Aube (French)
  3. Competition for Towns and Villages in Bloom website (French)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Bar-sur-Seine on Google Maps
  5. 5.0 5.1 Bar-sur-Seine on the Géoportail from National Geographic Institute (IGN) website (French)
  6. Albert Dauzat and Charles Rostaing, Etymological Dictionary of place names in France, Larousse, Paris, 1963 (French)
  7.  Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Bar-sur-Seine". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Bar fur Seine on the 1750 Cassini Map
  9. Bar fur Seine on the 1790 Cassini Map
  10. List of Mayors of France (French)
  11. Schools in Bar-sur-Seine (French)
  12. Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA10000004 Boulard Stationery factory (French)
  13. Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA10000049 Boulard Charrier Mill (French)
  14. Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA10000003 Bar-sur-Seine Glass and Crystal Works (French)
  15. Ministry of Culture, Mérimée PA00078046 Timbered House Camera aabb.svg (French)
  16. Ministry of Culture, Mérimée PA00132583 Domain of Villeneuve (French)
  17. Ministry of Culture, Mérimée PA00078047 Portal of Châtillon (French)
  18. Ministry of Culture, Mérimée PA00078044 Chateau of the Counts of Bar (French)
  19. Ministry of Culture, Mérimée PA00078045 Church of Saint Stephen Camera aabb.svg (French)
  20. Ministry of Culture, Mérimée PA00078043 Chapel of Avalleur Camera aabb.svg (French)

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Bar-sur-Seine". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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